Dan and John talk about the Cubs' promotion of Albert Almora and the Cards' return of Jhonny Peralta and demotion of Kolten Wong and the ripple effects on the lineups. They also talk about the Pirates retooling as the season winds toward the All-Star break.
Dan and John talk about whether the Cubs starting pitching staff can maintain the torrid pace it has set, especially considering four of them are in their 30s. John dives deep into the numbers and comes up with some answers. Dan is doubtful they will all stay healthy into October.
Dan and John review in detail the Cubs-Cards series just concluded in St. Louis. They wonder what's wrong with Michael Wacha, marvel at Ben Zobrist's hot streak and rail against ESPN for not knowing the rule book.
Dan and John hand out grades to the Cubs and Cardinals for the quarter of the 2016 season. Let's just say the North Siders will be much happier with their report cards than the Red Birds. The hosts also revise their season predictions.
Dan and John talk about the Cubs historic start and how Cardinals fans can cope with it. And they outline a scenario where the Cards eventually get back in the race. In addition, they both express admiration for John Lackey's style.
Dan and John discuss the Cubs total dominance so far in the NL Central and one of the best starts in MLB history. Can the Cards and Pirates possibly make it a race this year? They also discuss teams' refusal to throw Anthony Rizzo inside and Adam Wainwright's inspiration from the Cubs' fan base.
Dan and John discuss the jarring role reversals of the Cubs and Cardinals so far in 2016: Cubs are pitching best in MLB and Cards are hitting the best. It was supposed to be the other way around. The hosts also discuss the amazing start of Aledmys Diaz and the groundless speculation of Jake Arrieta and PEDs.
Dan and John discuss the first head-to-head meeting of the Cubs and Cards in 2016. There was lots of hype in the air in St. Louis, a ton of good pitching, and some shoddy reporting by a New York newspaper and others.
John attends the Cubs home opener this week and understandably likes what he sees of his team's best start in decades. Dan raves about Cardinals surprise rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker, who he compares to a former Cardinal from the 1980s.
Dan and John discuss the train wreck of the Cardinals first three games and the Cubs fast start. A Cardinals' icon urges Cards' fans to relax and while John tries to goad Dan into panic mode but he's not biting. Some of the listener feedback, however, certainly is biting.
As the regular season looms two days away, Dan and John give their predictions on who will win the NL Central and why. Be prepared for at least one surprising pick. Hosts also talk about some changes in podcast for coming year.
Dan and John are back for another season of podcasting. The Cubs won the off-season and most writers are calling them MLB's best team heading into 2016. Can the North Siders live up to expectations and what about the NL Central's defending champions? Can the Cardinals rise again?
Dan and John tee it up for a special edition focusing on the Cubs signing of FA Jason Heyward. Dan believes the Cardinals front office is to blame for losing both its top off-season FA priorities and John is glad the Cubs were so aggressive. Spirited discussion.
Dan and John are back at it with a preview of upcoming off-season moves for both the Cubs and Cardinals. Will the Cards sign Jason Hayward? What starting pitchers will the Cubs add. All this and the speculation heading into the Winter Meetings in December.
Dan and John lament each teams' exit from the playoffs and detail what might have been. They look forward to 2016 and give 5 agenda items their respective teams need to take care of in the off-season.
Dan and John are back to preview games 3-4-5 in the NLCS between the Cubs and Mets. Cubs have some work to do after losing first two games and hope they can overcome unfavorable pitching matchups to tilt the series back in their favor.
After the upstart Cubs vanquished the mighty Cards, they face a test in the NLCS against the pitching rich New York Mets, who upset the Dodgers in the NLDS. John goes solo in analyzing the first two games of the series in NY.
Dan and John talk about Cubs' game 3 win at Wrigley, at which John attended and sat next to Dutchie Caray. Will the Cubs close out the Cards and advance to the NLCS or will the Cards and John Lackey return the series to STL for a deciding game 5?
Dan and John preview the first two games in the showdown series starting tonight between the Cards and Cubs. Who will jump ahead and put pressure on the other team? Are the bullpens the key to the series?
Dan and John preview the Cubs-Pirates Wild Card showdown Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Who will be in the starting lineups and how is each team strategically approaching the game? They conclude with their predictions.
As the Cards clinch the NL Central and Cubs the Wild Card, Dan and John look ahead to the Cubs-Pirates matchup next week in a do or die game and evaluate whether the Pirates can beat Superman Jake Arrieta. They also look ahead to a Cubs-Cards matchup in the NLDS next weekend.
As the regular season heads into final week, Cubs face showdown series with Pirates, their likely Wild Card opponent, as Cards look on and hope the Pirates lose so they can clinch NL Central crown. Dan and John discuss whether it truly is an advantage to play the Wild Card game at home, looking at past games and small sample sizes.
With only two weeks remaining in the season, Cubs and Cards positioned well after Cubs thump Pirates in showdown series and Cards sweep away the Brewers. Remaining schedule difficult for Pirates and loss of Jung-ho Kang might be pivotal.
As season steams toward conclusion, STL goes into first slump of season and sees its division lead teetering. Meanwhile, the Cubs stay hot. Dan and John discuss whether the Cards will hold on and look at the Cubs upcoming showdown series with the Pirates.
As the action moves to head-to-head matchups down the stretch, Dan and John evaulate the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates and where each team may be headed in the last month. There is not tremendous drama at the moment in the standings, but as the pressure builds down the stretch, that can change in a matter of days.